The New School Archives Digital Collections

Donald Brooks papers 1957 – 2003

Collection, KA0006

Costume design (KA0006.01)
Fashion design (KA0006.02)


Donald Brooks (1928-2005) was a prominent American fashion designer who, in addition to creating ready-to-wear collections and custom apparel, designed costumes for film, television, and theater. He taught at Parsons School of Design for approximately forty years. The collection includes photographs, publicity materials, and original fashion and costume design sketches.

Related Archival Materials Note

Documentation of Donald Brooks's role as instructor and mentor to young designers will be found in the Kellen Design Archives' Fashion Design Department records (PIC.02.002.1), Student work series. The Fashion Design Department records contain examples of student work critiqued by Brooks as well as sketches of apparel designed by students for his course, Concepts in Fashion Design. Photographs and slides of Brooks teaching at Parsons will be found in the Parsons Photograph Collection in the Kellen Design Archives. Publicity for Donald Brooks's 1968 ready-to-wear collection, inspired by the film Star!, is found in the Saks Fifth Avenue fashion publicity collection (KA.0018). A group portrait of young fashion designers, including Donald Brooks, will be found in the John Weitz papers (KA.0047).

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Collection Guide

Guide to the Donald Brooks papers

Related person/organization

Donald Brooks

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